Install TWRP and Root Samsung Galaxy Tab E

Samsung Galaxy Tab E was released last year as a mid-range device. Samsung has been bringing a variety of Galaxy Tab devices falling in the premium category, mid-range and also in the low-price category. Galaxy Tab E may be one of the devices which are pretty easy for the users to get their hands on. Following the tradition, Samsung released the Galaxy Tab E in two sizes as well. The Galaxy Tab E comes as a 9.6-inch slate and as well as an 8.0-inch handheld. Galaxy Tab E 9.6 and 8.0 only differ in terms of display, rest of the hardware is almost same.

Both the Tab E 9.6 and 8.0 are equipped with either a Spreadtrum Quad-core 1.3 GHz CPU or a  Qualcomm Snapdragon Quad-core 1.3 GHz Cortex-A53 CPU and a RAM of 1.5 GB. At the back a 5 MP shooter is fixed and on the front a 2 MP Shooter is placed. Tab E 9.6 comes with 8 GB internal storage and the Tab E 8.0 comes with 16 GB internal storage. Both these devices are equipped with a 5000 mAh battery. This Tab duo runs on Android Lollipop out of the box but it’s upgradable to Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow.

Galaxy Tab E is around for quite a while now. You may find a little but of custom stuff to play with this device as well now. To begin customising your Galaxy Tab E, you need to gain the root access first of all. To flash custom files on it, you need a custom recovery. Luckily a custom recovery (TWRP 3.0.2-1 or TWRP 2.) is available for our beloved Tab E which means its pretty easy to root it now. Let’s go ahead and flash the TWRP recovery on the Galaxy Tab E 9.6 and Galaxy Tab E 8.0. Once we have flashed the TWRP recovery, we will flash SuperSU to root the device. The on-going guide works with Galaxy Tab E 9.6 Spreadtrum SM-T560, 561, 561Y, 561M and Qualcomm Snapdragon 8.0-inch SM-T377P (Sprint) and 9.6 Tab E SM-T560NU running Android Lollipop or Android Marshmallow.


  • This guide is only for the devices mentioned above. Do not try this on any other device.
  • Charge your device up to 50%.
  • Use original data cable to establish connection between your PC and your phone.
  • Backup your important data as a safety measure. Use the backup guides linked below.
  • Follow this guide to the letter to avoid any mishap.


Required Downloads:

  • Download and install Samsung USB drivers.
  • Download and extract Odin 3.10.6.
  • Download file and copy it to your Galaxy Tab E’s internal storage.
  • Download  TWRP Recovery file according to your device and model number and copy it to your desktop.

Install TWRP Recovery and Root Galaxy Tab E

  1. Open Odin3 V3.10.6.exe that you extracted on your PC.
  2. Enable OEM Unlock on your Tab E. To do so on your phone, go to settings > about device > tap the build number for 7 times to enable developer options. Get back to the settings and open developer options. Under developer options turn on “OEM unlock.
  3. Put your Tab E in download mode now. To do so, turn it off completely. Now turn it on by pressing and holding Volume Down + Home + Power Key. Once your phone boots up, press the Volume Up key to continue.
  4. Connect your phone to your PC now. The ID:COM box in the top-left corner of Odin3 should  turn blue. This indicates that your phone is connected properly.
  5. Now click the “AP” tab in Odin and select the TWRP recovery.tar file that you downloaded. It will take a second or two for Odin3 to load this file.
  6. Make sure that your Odin3 looks like this. The only option ticked should be F. Reset Time.

  7. Odin 3.10.6 Explained_Techbeasts
  8. Now you’re all set to flash the recovery. Just click the start button in Odin3 and sit back.
  9. Once the process box above ID:COM box shows green light and flashing process is finished, disconnect your device.
  10. Now turn off your device properly as we are going to boot into recovery mode.
  11. Now turn it on by pressing and holding Volume Up + Home + Power Key. This will boot your device in recovery mode. It should be TWRP recovery that you just installed.
  12. Once you’ve verified that TWRP recovery is working fine, tap Install option in the TWRP recovery.
  13. Now after tapping install, locate the copied file and flash it.
  14. Once flashed, tap the Reboot > System option from the main TWRP screen. If TWRP asks you to root your device, cancel this option and proceed to the reboot.
  15. As it boots up, checkout the SuperSu in application drawer. Also install BusyBox from Play Store.
  16. Verify root access using Root Checker.
  17. That’s all. You’re now set to unleash the open source nature of Android.

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  • Armando Ruiz

    Excellent post dude! You know what you do. I have a doubt about android version, you think this method work on jelly bean 4.2.1? I’m looking purchase a Tab E 9.6 sm-t560 and I really want to be root user to manage the system in my own terms because I will install a lot of apps over this low internal storage device please tell me that it’s possible! (Excuse me If I had syntax or orthographic or any kind of language flaw, my native lang is spanish and I’m still learning english) greteengs friend.

    • @disqus_J2j7TgcEYj:disqus Yes it will work with 4.2.1, but the Tab E comes with Android Lollipop running on it I guess. You shouldn’t worry about it at all. Just go ahead and root it. Let me know if you get stuck with something. And no, you didn’t have any unknown language sense. I understood what you wanted to state exactly.

      • Armando Ruiz

        Thanks man! I’ll try it as soon as I can, I’ll keep you informed.

  • Rodney Lux

    When odin was done I could not turn off the tablet. Finally got into recovery mode but there was no twrp, just the factory options. Can you help? I have samsung galaxy tab e andriod 6.0.1 sm t560nu

    • @disqus_yVcLT2c413:disqus Did Odin show you the “passed” status upon flashing TWRP>?
      In case its not sticking, flash the TWRP again and this time, restart your device right after flashing the TWRP recovery using Volume Down + Home + Power Key. As soon as the screen goes black, quickly switch from Volume Down to Volume Up key, see if TWRP sticks or not.

      • Rodney Lux

        Yes it said passed. I then upplugged it but I could not get it to reboot, took be awhile to get it to reboot. It was stuck on the downloading screen.

  • Chris Carter

    So this works excellent, until you have to restart your tablet. When it tries to boot back up you will get custom binary blocked. Can someone please explain to me how to bypass this without loosing root?

    • @disqus_2dK78cVSN1:disqus Did you enable OEM unlocking before?

      • Chris Carter

        Yes, but I will try the process again later.

  • @danaahola:disqus You mean TWRP is not sticking right?

    • Dana Ahola

      I guess? It says it has a custom binary now instead of Samsung like before but it still just boots android recovery so I can’t install the twrp.

    • Dana Ahola

      I guess? I mean, the tablet still works just fine but it goes into Android recovery instead of TWRP but on the download screen it says custom binary where it used to say Samsung.

      • @danaahola:disqus Flash a new stock firmware and then flash this custom recovery all over again. It should stick afterwards. Before flashing TWRP, do unlock OEM unlocking from developer options.

        • kohlrak .

          I have the same problem. I’m on the T560NU, but i’m having trouble finding the proper firmware, and i end up at constantly restarting. 10 minute process is turning into 6 hour process, and all because samsung has to disable adoptable storage.

          • @kohlrak:disqus here is the right firmware for your device:

          • kohlrak .

            I finally solved the issue myself, but i forgot to respond back. IIRC, that, too, is the wrong firmware. The issue is, not necessarly the “stock” firmware, so much as you want to get the official firmware for the version currently installed. I assumed you meant the 5.1.1 firmware, when in reality the one that fixed the issue was the 6.0.1, since i had updated mine since i got it. Not sure how, but somewhere along the line i got a nook firmware, which, surprisingly, worked somewhat at first.

            Thanks, anyway, though. And thank you for the wonderful article that saved my bacon so i could enable adoptable storage, since Samsung was infinitely so wise as to intentionally break the feature.

  • blerim

    awsome i did mine and it workeddddd thanks brother your a life saver

  • Vince Thayer

    this does NOT work for SM-T377P with Marshmallow 6.0

  • miles ganzel

    I tried this with 6.0.1 and it didn’t work. The process went smoothly but I don’t have root.
    Edit: whoops. Nvm worked great thanks!

  • @GbyeMrChips:disqus You need to update the SU-Binary if it asks you to. What problem are you exactly facing? Can you please elaborate a little more?

  • MedeiRonaldo

    Always back up via twrp before flashing xposed.

  • Heath Walker

    I have done everything but Oden is stuck It shows PASS! in Green The under that it shows the time which was 00:04 in green as well but the id:com box says 0:[com4] and is in blue not sure what to do now and my Tablet says Downloading do not turn off target

  • @disqus_RNiyNLszhl:disqus after it shows PASS, you can manually restart your Tab.

  • daniel anderson

    FANTASTIC!! Worked like a charm. Although after flashing TWRP, I had to press hold ,home+vol down +power. then when the screen went black, switch from vol down to vol up, still holding other buttons. this took me into TWRP recovery mode. Was able to root without any problems. THANK YOU.

  • Das Boot!

    Will this work on the SM-T377A (AT&T)? I see it works with the SM-T377P (Sprint) and wanted to find out before trying it out. Thank you for having this…

  • Mindof Poet

    Daniel Anderson that little trick you did to boot into the twrp helped out 100% thanks

  • Aung Thaw Oo

    TWRP recovery for Samsung Galaxy TAB E SM-T375S

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